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How To Make Frittelle Di Zucca (Pumpkin Fritters)

Follow this episode of my cooking web series Baking Bread Plus and learn how to prepare a delicious and healthy dessert : Frittelle di Zucca (Pumpkin Fritters).

Did you know that pumpkin flesh is full of Vitamin A, the vitamin that promote sight, heart and lungs? In Italy, pumpkin is the symbol of the city of Mantua (Lombardy region) and the main ingredient  for preparing traditional Mantuan dishes such as pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin gnocchi.

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INGREDIENTS

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 pinch of salt

7gr active dry yeast

1/4 cup lukewarm water

2 cups pumpkin puree

5.3 ounces (1 container) plain greek yogurt

1 orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/3 cup whole milk

canola oil, for frying

1 cup granulated sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder blended together, for dusting

 

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing bowl combine together flour and salt.

Make a well in the center then add the yeast previously proofed with 1/4 cup of lukewarm. Blend briefly.

Add pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, orange juice, lemon and orange zest, one egg, one egg yolk, sugar. Mix together slowly incorporating the milk.

Mix thoroughly until very smooth.

Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 2 hours.

In a large fraying pan, pour abundant canola oil and heat until it reaches the right temperature for frying.

Dip a stainless steel teaspoon into a glass of cold water than spoon a teaspoon of batter and drop it into the frying pan.

Repeat until all the batter is gone. (Remember to NOT overcrowd the pan while frying).

Let the fritters float into the oil until puff and golden.

Drain with a slotted spoon and place over a plate covered with paper towel.

Enjoy warm, copiously dusted with sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams.com

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A Queen In The Kitchen: How To Make Watermelon Caprese

 

Everyone knows Caprese, the simple Italian salad, made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, that features the Italian flag colors : white, red and green. Follow the new episode of A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to prepare this surprising version of the traditional caprese because I won’t use tomatoes, but watermelon instead. You’ll only need the freshest ingredients and a melon baller.

Buon Appetito!

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INGREDIENTS

watermelon

fresh ciliegine (cherry size) mozzarella, drained

fresh basil, coarsely chopped

lemon rind

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

salt (if desired)

Tools

melon baller

 

DIRECTIONS

Scoop the watermelon in balls with the help of a melon baller. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, place the watermelon balls, the fresh ciliegine of mozzarella, fresh basil, lemon rind and season with Extra Virgin Olive Olin and salt (if desired).

Give it a nice stir with a spoon.

Enjoy right away or place in the fridge until serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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How To Make Brioche Col Tuppo

Follow my step-by-step video recipe and learn how to make another staple of the Italian cuisine : Brioche col Tuppo! The Brioche col Tuppo is a Sicilian sweet bread, oval-shaped and topped with a hemispherical ball (tuppo). The name comes from its shape that resemble a tuppo, the traditional low bun worn by the Sicilian women in the past centuries. This brioche is amazingly soft and fragrant and is traditionally served along with Sicilian granita or gelato.

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Yields : 6 regular brioche or 8 small

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 45 mins + 3 hours leavening

Bake Time : 30 mins.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all-purpose flour

7 gr active dry yeast

1 tsp honey

1/4 cup lukewarm milk

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tbs salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1/4 cup lard

1 egg yolk with milk for the egg wash

powdered sugar to sprinkle

 

DIRECTIONS

Proof the yeast with lukewarm milk and honey.

In a large bowl, place the flour, make a well in the center then add the yeast and combine briefly.

Add the sugar, the salt, the eggs, the vanilla extract and the milk (added little by little) and knead.

Add the lard and knead until all the ingredients are well blended.

Flour a work surface, move the dough over it and knead until an elastic dough forms.

Place the dough onto a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for two hours.

Flour again the work surface, place the dough over it and knead briefly.

Cut 1/4 of dough and reserve it for later.

Cut the remaining dough into six equal pieces then shape into balls and place over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cut the reserved dough into six small pieces then shape into tiny balls and place over the  baking sheet as well.

Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour.

Press every big balls in the center with the thumb then place the little balls over the big balls.

Brush each brioche with the egg wash.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

 

Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams.com

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A Queen In The Kitchen : How To Pronounce Lasagne Alla Bolognese

Let’s cook and speak like an Italian! Listen to A Queen In The Kitchen and learn how to pronounce Lasagne alla Bolognese, the authentic Italian lasagna with ragù (meat sauce), besciamella (Béchamel sauce) and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (no ricotta or mozzarella).

luhZAHN-yeh alla bo-lo-NYE-se

In Italian lasagna is the singular noun and lasagne is the plural, so this dish is called lasagne, because is made of layers of lasagna sheets egg pasta.

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Credits:
Ale Gambini (Host, Chef, Author)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Music)
Mirko “Mirakle” Urania (Director, Video Maker, Editor, Photo)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams and SuperOttO Publishing
Copyright © 2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Baking Bread : How To Make Panzerotti

 

Panzerotti are savory deep-fried filled pocket of bread originally from Apulia region (Italy). They are similar to pizza and calzone and they taste AMAZING! The most popular filling is made with fresh mozzarella and tomato (crushed or sauce). The name Panzerotto (literally potbellied) comes from the shape of this bread that resembles a swollen belly.
Enjoy every single bite!
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Yields : 6 panzerotti

Difficulty : intermediate

Prep Time : 25 min + 2h and 30 min. to rise

Cook Time : 5 min. each

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour type 00

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

3 gr instant dry yeast

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3/4 cup lukewarm water

1 fresh large mozzarella

4 tbsp crushed tomatoes

1 tsp dried oregano

1 pinch of salt

olive oil or vegetable oil , for frying

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar.

Add the yeast, extra virgin olive oil, lukewarm water and knead by hand until an elastic dough forms.

Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 2 hours.

Move the dough over a floured working surface, knead briefly then shape into a long log.

Cut into 6 equal pieces, shape into balls, cover again with the towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by slicing a fresh mozzarella into small pieces, place them into a bowl, add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt and mix.

Flat each balls of dough with the palm of your hand, roll out into circles, spoon a tablespoon of filling in the center. Fold the edges, seal with the fingers first then with the help of a fork.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil then drop each panzerotto into the hot oil and fry until the bottom side turns golden brown. Flip the panzerotto and fry the other side until golden brown.

Move over a plate lined with paper towel and enjoy right away!

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host Chef – Founder – Video Maker – Photo)
Maurizio OTTO De Togni (music)
Produced by: BreadLoveAndDreams

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How to Pronounce Bruschetta

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The new episode of Queen In The Kitchen is coming up this Thursday on A Queen In The Kitchen You Tube channel. In this episode I’ll show you how to prepare BRUSCHETTA, the delicious Italian antipasto (starter).

In the meantime let’s learn how to pronounce Bruschetta : bruˈsketta

Buon Appetito!!!

 

How To Store Fresh Italian Parsley

Treat the bunch of fresh Italian parsley like a bouquet of fresh flowers!

Trim the stems ends and remove any wilted or discolored leaves.

Fill a glass or a jar partially with fresh water and place the stems ends into the water.

Place the glass or jar on the counter at room temperature.

Change the water everyday.

Your bunch of fresh Italian parsley will last up to two weeks.

Store fresh basil and cilantro the same way.

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